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  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019

  • 6:30 – 8:00pm

  • Room 101C, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York, NY

  • Free and open to the public

MFA Fine Arts presents a talk by Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, a community-based social practice art project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, created by artists Mildred Beltré and Oasa DuVerney.

From the artists:

The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a project that began when we two artists, Mildred Beltré and Oasa DuVerney, began making art together in each others apartments and found that the activity made us better friends. As we shared stories and experiences through our work, we wondered if they could bring a similar experience to our other neighbors.

In the summer of 2010, we co-founded a collaborative public art project that explores the possibility of art-making as a community-building tool. The Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a community-based social practice art project in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Our intention was to create a stronger community by giving people an opportunity to get to know each other through art activities. Our goals are to create a greater connection between neighbors in our community and make art friendly and accessible to all. We believe that by becoming active, collective participants in art making, members of the community can find new ways to relate to each other and new uses of space.

Group projects are a way of combating the social isolation that leads to suspicion amongst neighbors as opposed to cooperation. By engaging our neighbors on the street, we facilitate conversation and trust which is often lost when a community is undergoing big transitions and upheaval, as with the community of Crown Heights which is now undergoing rapid change and gentrification.

Our fence weaving "DO NOT DISAPPEAR INTO SILENCE" is currently on view on the facade of the Brooklyn Museum as a part of the exhibition "Something to Say: Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine, Deborah Kass, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Hank Willis Thomas."

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